CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — On Tuesday, Chesterfield Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said school programs could be cut if the division’s budget doesn’t shape up.
The school district said that based on the governor’s current budget proposal, the school division would be short $17 million. The current budget proposal is $900 million, which Daugherty said needs to be increased. The budget includes resources such as ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers and a 6.5% pay increase to recruit more teachers.
Chesterfield County is currently the fifth-largest school division in the state, with more than 64,000 students. The projected enrollment is expected to rise to 68,000 students by 2028, according to a representative from Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Daugherty said that if they can’t make up the $17 million shortfall, they’ll be forced to cut programs, which could affect the classroom environment.
Daugherty says this decision will ultimately be up to the Board of Supervisors to decide how much local funding goes into the school division pending the state budget that will pass later this spring.
Correction: An earlier draft of this story incorrectly stated the number of students in Chesterfield County, contained a misspelling of the superintendent’s name and incorrectly stated the status of the budget.